Friday, May 07, 2010

Nudity / sexual content on #Wikipedia

Maroon in Suriname,
picture #Tropenmuseum
On #Slashdot there is an article that many of the #Commons images of a sexual nature will be removed. The aim of the projects of the Wikimedia Foundation is educational and, when countries like Iran single out Commons and block access it seriously undermines what the WMF stands for and aims to achieve.

Removing many of the sexual explicit pictures that should have remained private, is a good step in the direction of addressing the real issue of finding a balance between what is necessary in the scope of our projects and the wish to clean house.

The issue is to find a balance. When a pictures like the picture of these Maroon of Suriname, is put into the category  Nudity, it becomes problematic because these gentlemen are dressed with a loincloth and, there is less to see then what you can guess in swimming trunks.


In the Vatican museums you can find many such examples of what happens when people take the consequences of their prudery too far.
Thanks,
     GerardM
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